Roger Wilkins

Background

Ever so uniquely in life, you get someone worthy on the witness stand.

And, you say, please speak your truth.

They agree to do so sensing that you are equally worthy and that your intent is not to use them as a hostile witness.

This interview is one of those times.

 

Portrait

 

Bio

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Wilkins worked as a welfare lawyer in Ohio before becoming an Assistant Attorney General in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration at age 33, one of the highest-ranking Black-Americans ever to serve in the executive branch up to that time.

Roger Wilkins was sworn in as Director of the federal Community Relations Service on Friday, February 4, 1966, in a ceremony at The White House.

Leaving government in 1969 at the end of the Johnson administration, he worked briefly for the Ford Foundation before joining the editorial staff of The Washington Post.

Along with Carl Bernstein, Herbert Block (“Herblock”), and Bob Woodward, Wilkins earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for exposing the Watergate scandal that eventually forced President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office. He left the Post in 1974 to work for The New York Times, followed five years later by a brief stay at the now-defunct Washington Star. In 1980, he became a radio news commentator, working for National Public Radio (NPR).

Wilkins was the Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia until his retirement in 2007. During his tenure at George Mason, Wilkins was, arguably, one of the most preeminent professors in residence at that time. Wilkins was also the publisher of the NAACP’s journal, The Crisis.

 

Videos

David Hoffman

  1. The Most Intense Heartfelt Description Of Racism I Ever Filmed
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      • The Most Intense Heartfelt Description Of Racism I Ever Filmed
        Channel:- David Hoffman
        Published On:- 2020-June-17th
        Added On:- 2022-February-10th
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Video Transcripts

David Hoffman

The Most Intense Heartfelt Description Of Racism I Ever Filmed

  1. Always_Serpico
    • Word
      • When you sit down and let people tell their stories, you realize it’s not hatred that a lot of black people feel. It’s hurt and betrayal.
    • Response
      • Kathie Smith
        • Salam, what is most disturbing is that most people only think it is whites against blacks and everyone else. This is not true. I am a Muslim of Caucasian descent and have been treated no different than those of color my entire life till this day. Alhamdullilah Oppression is color blind. And so is Allah’s justice. Wow! Keep your white women, now that is a reverse racist comment if there ever was one. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sad that it is so superficial. I traveled to Georgia in the 90’s with my mulit-cultural child and an African American teenager, on our way to Disney world. We stopped at a cafe and was immediately escorted to a table in the back by the toilets. Seeing that there were many tables that were open I summoned the Manager, who was a White man, and expressed my distaste of our table. “That’s what you get.” He said to me as he looked at my children. Well, I told him, “Then I guess you wont get this green money from this White woman.” And I took “My Children” out of that filth and moved on. Alhamdullilah If any child is in my charge they ARE my child, no matter where they come from. Just to clear that up for people. This is the way of Islam, and there is no other way. A way of life I walked before calling myself a Muslim. Alhamdullilah
    • Sergio Fab Flores
      • This is Professor Roger Wilkins, one of my favorite freshman and then senior year college professors. You taught me invaluable lessons that I continue to apply to my life today. Thank you for changing my life. RIP Prof Wilkins.
    • Val Francis
      • Good on the interviewer for letting the man express himself without interruption….
    • Kathlene Sheets
      • anyone else tear up when he talked about his daughter’s beautiful hair and skin? What a privilege to watch this man and hear him speak
    • Mona T.
      • He spoke at 72y/o and died at 74y/o of Dementia, these are priceless memories that you captured. Blessings to you and thank you for sharing this amazing human being’s recollections. Hopefully we all learn something.
    • Marilyn Gentle
      • This is one of those uncomfortable bits of film that people need to watch and hear. What an eloquent man. I live in the UK so no idea you could not try on clothes – never crossed my mind. Interestingly same here but not so blatant they would pretend they did not have your size when you could see it or just hassle/follow
        you so you left and did not buy in their shops. A famous black brit singer recently shared how she went to a shop in SW London and a woman told her she could not touch the things in there, when she could see everyone else touching it. Oppression on a daily basis has a massive impact on mental health.
    • King Architect
      • When he said, “we had a profound faith in the “decency of white Americans” that when they saw the effects of racism things would change and change quickly across the nation. I no longer have that faith.” That was too real.
    • exliontamer
      • I am a white man from a middle class family outside of DC and I lived in NYC for 14 years, most of it during the height of stop & frisk. I grew up heavily involved in the DC punk scene and into my young adulthood would still often wear outwardly “punk” clothing…both as a statement and as what I was most comfortable in. I lived all over NYC, from Bushwick to Forest Hills, Lower Manhattan to Astoria.
      • It was in Astoria, usually at night, in winter, while walking with my black Carhartt jacket with the hood pulled up covered in punk rock patches, that I would be stopped by plainclothes NYPD officers on three separate occasions, the most terrifying of which was when I had my headphones in and the music turned up loud so I didn’t see them coming until they piled out of an unmarked car and had thrown me up against a brick wall. Each encounter was roughly the same…they would pat me down, shout at me, and then inform me I had “matched the description” of someone involved in a crime.
      • However every single time, as well, there was the moment they pulled down my hood. The moment they saw my skin color. And you could see it in their eyes…the brief disappointment that melted almost immediately into rage. Rage that I had wasted their time. Rage that the facade of stop & frisk being a “fair” practice about “safety” had been exposed. Of course, they had to complete their script. How I “matched the description” of a suspect. But you could tell they were going through the motions. I didn’t match the description at all. I was always let go immediately, unceremoniously. They were just a bunch of ignorant thugs with no uniforms, no patrol car, who couldn’t tell the difference between two very distinct “urban” styles of clothing.
        I believed stop & frisk was an assault on liberty before these experiences happened to me, but after experiencing this I acutely understood for the first time the panic and fear…the dehumanization that accompanied each incident. And what I couldn’t get over was exactly what Mr. Wilkins says here… If it hadn’t been for my get-out-of-jail-free card…my skin…any one of those three incidents could have ended very differently for me.
    • Amil Eoj
      • Extraordinary interview, overflowing with home truths that, to this day, the majority of white Americans still do not know–or rather choose not to know, out of a kind of inter-generational project of collective amnesia & moral blindness.
    • Lucio Morales
      • When you don’t understand what is going on in our country today, all you have to do is go back to our history. Amen, Roger Wilkins
    • Anthony Kindle
      • Those who control the present, control the past, and those who control the past control the future.
        George Orwell, 1984
    • AJ 🥊
      • Im a Hispanic who serve my country I’ve deployed to the Middle East I’ve always considered myself a patriot to my country i love my country,
      • Well out in town i was stoped by a teenage girl who asked me in a very disrespectful obnoxious tone “excuse me do you speak English” i was angry with this kid but I wasn’t going to yell at a kid so I sighed out of anger and walked away and i could hear her say to her friends “that’s what i thought Pedro” then i looked back ready to yell at her and i seen her friend hit her on her shoulder, she then said “what?, they’re not supposed to be here in the first place” she said “they’re” meaning Hispanic, brown skin, not white,
      • It doesn’t matter what i do for this country in the eyes of some white people, not all, but some, i know they will never except me as American and in their eyes I’m just Mexican despite the fact that ive never been to Mexico I’m a 4th generation America most my family today cant speak Spanish including me,
      • I know not all white people think the same way but it really hits your gut when you have to experience racism
    • Elizabeth Papadopoulos
      • His honesty is beautifully brutal and crystal clear, every American should be required to watch this from age 6 to 100. Speak the truth and the light will heal us. Thank you
    • Jimmie Patrum
      • Oh, I hope this man is in Heaven where there’s not one second of prejudice. I grew up in a small, predominantly white Southern town where many of the events this man described happened. My family was white and I remember as a young teenager in 1960 being embarassed by how black people were treated, but I wasn’t brave enough to step up and DO anything. I did speak up, but I was laughed at for being stupid. My family was not prejudiced and my white bottom would have been beaten if I had ever used the N word. For sure things are different in Heaven and I pray that we who are still alive will come to know that Jesus loves all of us equally. Hurts my heart to listen to this man. Diane in NC.
    • Diane Silva
      • I could still see his hurt, after all his accomplishments in life.
    • A. W.
      • “We had to believe in America more than other people did, in order to have any hope, in order to live, in order to not go crazy..” this… is amazing 👏

 

Parting Shot

We had to believe in America more than other people did, in order to have any hope, in order to live, in order to not go crazy…

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